History teaches us two things: What we did right and what we did wrong. In our own history we learned that to enslave another human being based on skin color was wrong. We also learned that barring those same individuals from equal access was just as wrong also.
However, we would stand to benefit from the history of others. A case in point is Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He was a Pastor in Germany before Hitler and Nazi (National Socialists) party took over Germany. He warned the Church of Germany about Hitler and the Nazis, but no one listened. He warned that the Nazi would arrest people and raid their homes and businesses. No one listened.
On August 25, 2011 Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corporation had his business raided for a 2nd time (the first time being in 2009) and the wood used to make Gibson guitars were seized. However, in both cases no charges were filed against Gibson and the wood was never returned. Below is a news conference Mr. Juszkiewicz on August 26, 2011.
As the CEO stated, the seizure occurred due to the enforcement of Indian – not American law. This action by the Federal Government should send chills down the backs of the Church in America. That your property – personal and ministerial, can be seized without warning which is a complete and direct violation of the 4th Amendment. No probable cause. No due process. If you “upset” someone in the government, your freedom as you know it can end, and you can serve time in a jail cell for a crime – perceived or imaginary that the government said you have committed.
This is the precise path Hitler took with the Jews. He and the Nazis raided their businesses with no probable cause – other than they were Jews. What was the Church’s response? They sangs songs. They had fellowship. However, they dared not open up their mouths and voiced their dissent against the government, for they feared that they would suffer the same fate as the Jews. In short, the Gospel that they lived and preached was different from the Gospel that is found in Scripture. As horrific as the genocide of the Jews were, what’s more terrifying is know that the Christians could have reduced or eliminated the event altogether – if they knew their Bible.
This same diabolical plot has come to our shores and had planted itself in our government. Scripture says, “…a corrupt tree can not bring forth good fruit” (see Matthew 7:18). We have witness over the last 50 or so years, the corruption of the tree we call government and now the evil fruit of it is coming to bare. All the while, the pruners of the tree – the Church in America have been eating, drinking and making merry with themselves, while the garden of our freedoms have been overrun with every type of weed, thorn and thistle imaginable.
As it was in the days of the Holocaust, soon it will be the same in America. We the Christians in this nation will have in short order, our own version of “Kristallnacht” (Night of the Broken Glass). It may not be your stained glass of your church that is broken, it will be your freedom.
As it is with glass, your freedom once shattered, can never be repaired.